On Friday night, in what head coach Tad Boyle called a "take care of business kind of game," the University of Colorado Buffaloes bested the Elon Phoenix 80-63.
"It kind of gives you an idea of where our program is when we win by 17 at home and people are disappointed and frustrated," Boyle said. "That's a good sign."
The Buffs improved their overall record to 10-1 with their tenth straight win of the season, a feat that hasn't been achieved in 59 years.
For the first time since December 29, 2012 against Hartford, two Buffs added a double double to their record. Sophomore guard/forward Xavier Johnson scored 15 points and grabbed 12 boards, whereas sophomore Josh Scott scored 13 and grabbed 12.
For the game, the Buffs shot 49% from the field (24 for 49), 38.5% from the three-point range (5 for 13), and 58.7% from the free throw line (27 for 46). Elon, on the other hand, shot 37.3% from the field (22 for 59), 40.6% from behind the arc (13 for 32), and 40% from the foul line (6 for 15).
Sebastian Koch of the Phoenix was a major thorn in Colorado's side, as he shot 9 for 14 from the three-point range for a final total of 27 points.
The game got off to a fast start, with Sebastian Koch shooting a quick three to put the Phoenix up early thirty seconds into play. The Buffs took over three and a half minutes later to respond with a trey of their own, when sophomore Xavier Johnson finally made a three-point jumper with sixteen minutes left to give the Buffs their first score of the game, 3-3.
Over the next six minutes, the Buffs turned the ball over time and time again and struggled shooting the ball. The Phoenix gained as much as a seven-point lead on the Buffs (6-13) before the Buffs kicked it into gear and outscored them eleven to three in two minutes.
They took their first lead of the game with just over ten minutes left in the first, when Johnson put up another trey to give the Buffs the 17-16 edge. Elon gained their last lead of the game soon after, when Brian Dawkins layed the ball up to put them up 17-18.
Then the Buffs took over.
Going into the half, the Buffs outscored the Phoenix twenty-four to eight and finished the first with a fifteen-point lead, 41-26.
Throughout the first, the Buffs struggled on offense and defense. They shot 44.4% from the field (12 for 27), 44.4% from the three-point range (4 for 9), and 56.5% from the foul line (13 for 23). In addition to their shooting woes, they also turned the ball over twelve times.
"Offensively, we weren't playing with much pace and we weren't being very crisp," Dinwiddie said. "We had turnovers in that first little segment and we just got to come out and play with a little more attention to detail."
Elon, however, shot the ball worse than the Buffaloes in the first half. They only managed 33.3% from the field (10 for 30), 33.3% from behind the arc (5 for 15), and 16.7% from the free throw line (1 for 6). They handled the ball a little better and only added five turnovers to the mix.
The Buffs continued to dominate in the second half.
The second started out much like the first, with Koch putting up another quick three (29-41). The Phoenix tried to fight back, but only managed to get within seven points with 13:14 left in play (52-45).
From there on out, the Buffs maintained control of the game. After keeping their offense alive for the remaining thirteen minutes, the Buffs defeated the Phoenix 80-63.
The Buffs return to the court against no. 7 Oklahoma State on Saturday, Dec 21 in Las Vegas, and tipoff is at 7:30.